Items tagged with: crooked

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

I'm not stunned to find out that the #NYC #Police have been disgustingly #crooked since the early 1900s.

A #Podcast called #Criminal, or maybe #ThisIsCriminal, covers lots of interesting stories, and it's all true-life stuff, but this one in particular, is highlighting a #Feminist #SuperHero #CrimeFighter from days gone by. It's very endearing. It's definitely worth a half-hour of your time, or 15 minutes if you do double speed with a podcast player like I do.
Episode 123: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes (9.27.2019)

Donald Trump fools his own supporters

At first, he acted like it, spending $50 million of his own money from April 2015 to June 2016. But the following month, when he was officially named the Republican nominee for president, his financing model changed. From July to November of 2016, outsiders contributed $234 million while Drumpf put up just $16 million.

The campaign put more than $800,000 into Drumpf Tower Commercial LLC, the holding company through which Drumpf owns his interest in the original Drumpf Tower on Fifth Avenue. Drumpf Tower Commercial LLC took in an additional $225,000 in rent from the Republican National Committee, which coordinated those payments with the campaign. That means that, since the inauguration, Drumpf’s reelection effort has had a hand in funneling more than $1 million into the president’s most famous property.

Real estate experts offered varying opinions on whether $3,000 a month represented an appropriate price. “That’s robbery,” said one person familiar with the New York mar... Show more...

Anti-government protesters Serbian besiege national broadcaster RTS

Demonstrators have been gathering there every Saturday since December 8, routinely drawing more than 10,000 people. But protests have also taken place in some 20 cities and towns across the country.

Vucic, a former nationalist who says he wants to lead Serbia into the European Union, has denied the accusations against him.

Initially dubbed "stop to bloody shirts," the movement has recently adopted the slogan "one of 5 million," a jab at Vucic, who said after early protests he would not bow to a single demand from protesters, "even if there were 5 million of you."
#Serbia #News #Politics #Europe #Europa #Vucic #EuropeanUnion #Autocracy #Authoritarianism #Corruption #Crooked #NationalBroadcaster

Former South Korean president Chun Doo-hwan on trial before court for massacre of Gwangju

The first hearing in Chun’s trial was held on Mar. 11 in Room No. 201 of the Gwangju District Court. The decision that the court must make is whether Chun was guilty of defaming the deceased when he bashed Cho, who testified that he witnessed a helicopter attack on civilians during the Gwangju Uprising, as a “shameless liar” in a memoir published in 2017.

But this trial isn’t merely about determining whether the charges of defamation against Chun will stick. This whole time, Chun and other members of the military junta have ferociously denied the testimony by Cho and groups representing victims of the Gwangju Uprising that helicopters fired on protesters between 1 and 3 pm on May 21, 1980.

Between 1 and 5 pm on May 21, paratroopers opened fire at Geumnam Street, near the former South Jeolla Provincial Office, killing 34 civilians, but it has never been determined who gave the order to fire. In 2007, the MND’s fact-find... Show more...

Newly elected DRC president Felix Tshisekedi pardons 700 political prisoners

Among those set for release is Firmin Yangambi, who was sentenced in 2009 to 20 years in prison on charges of being a threat to national security. Also being freed is Franck Diongo, an opposition figure who was sentenced to five years.

He made the declaration at the beginning of March in the presence of members of the government, military, civil and judicial authorities as well as members of the diplomatic corps.

While on his first international trip to the neighbouring Republic of the Congo in February, he urged tens of thousands of political exiles to return home, saying everyone would be needed to move Congo forward. – News agencies
#DRC #Congo #Tshisekedi #FelixTshisekedi #Pardon #Amnesia #PoliticalPrisoner #News #Politics #Kabila #JosephKabila #Corruption #Crooked
Tshisekedi pardons about 700 political prisoners

Former Fox News host to cooperate with HOC, receiving exception to NDA

Falzone’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, told MSNBC on Thursday night that Falzone will now comply under an exception to her NDA with Fox News.

[The lawyer for Daniels at the time, Keith Davidson, tells MSNBC that Falzone did contact him while she was working on the story during the campaign with “specific details.”

Many legal experts say a legitimate Congressional request overrides a typical NDA, and even if an NDA tried to bar such cooperation, courts are unlikely to punish someone for responding to a valid investigative request for information.
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Liberals either handle the border situation, or fascists take over

Clinton’s assessment of the European political situation is accurate. According to recent poll numbers, 63 percent of French people believe too many immigrants are living in their country. One-third of the British people who voted in 2016 to leave the European Union cited immigration as their primary reason. In Germany, 38 percent rate immigration as the most important issue facing their country. Thanks in great part to their anti-immigration messages, populist parties now govern Italy, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Across the developed world, very high levels of immigration have coincided with widening class divisions, the discrediting of political and economic elites, and the rise of extremist politics. And immigration pressures will only intensify in the decades ahead, for reasons obscured by media coverage of immigrants as poor and desperate.

Since 1990, the number of human beings living in extreme poverty—defined as less than $2 a day... Show more...

On Meghan McCain and Affirmative Action

Regardless, it’s important to note that the lawsuit she mentioned has been shaped by Edward Blum, the same anti-affirmative action idiot involved in Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin, in which she argued she wasn’t accepted to the university because non-white students admitted preferentially stole her spot. In 2016, the Supreme Court decided that this argument was bullshit, but now Blum’s at it again.

Joy Behar then criticized legacy admissions overall, which McCain then also made about herself by defending legacy admission to the Naval Academy. Behar responded by reminding her legacy admissions were used “to keep non-white people, and Jews probably, out of the colleges.” And to that, McCain had nothing.
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Algerian president Bouteflika not going to run for re-election

The arrival of 82-year-old Bouteflika comes amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraws his candidacy for a fifth term as president.

Thousands more workers have begun five days of a general strike closing shop, schools and disrupting transport.

The discontent with Bouteflika has spread outside the country among Algerian's living abroad. In Paris police said up to 10,000 people gathered in the Place de la Republique in the east of the French capital calling on the ailing Algerian president to stand down.
#Algeria #NorthAfrica #northernAfrica #Africa #Bouteflika #News #Politics #Corruption #Crooked #March8 #Election #GeneralElection #Election #Election2019 #Elections2019

Russians protested for free internet

1. The Moscow Times:

Last May, when communications watchdog Roskomnadzor moved to block the popular messaging app Telegram, some 12,000 Russians turned out to a protest Svetov organized — which, he is eager to point out, was last year’s largest street demonstration.

With the state quashing independent media in recent years, YouTube has become an increasingly popular tool among opposition activists seeking out audiences. The platform is now viewed by 82 percent of the Russian population aged 18-44, as The Economist reported last week. In spring 2017, opposition leader Alexei Navalny took authorities by surprise by using his YouTube channel to inspire thousands into the streets for the first mass protests against the Kremlin since 2012.

“If we disconnect from the internet, our country won’t be able to develop,... Show more...

From liar to brave man - Trump changes mind on Paul Manafort

Drumpf has also encouraged it when his advisers or legal team have made public statements bashing the feds’ treatment of Manafort. “It’s good you got them [in the press] asking questions about Paul,” the president said last year to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani following one of Giuliani’s media appearances, according to two sources familiar with the comment.

“In sentencing financial crime and corruption defendants, Judge Jackson, a former federal prosecutor, historically has demonstrated a sensitivity to the concern that social status and privilege alone ought not warrant leniency,” said Paul Pelletier, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, adding that Jackson is unlikely to take into consideration Ellis’s opinion in Virginia that Manafort led an “otherwise blameless life.”

“I’m not giving you another chance,” Jackson told Stone. “I have serious doubts whether you’ve learned any lesson at all.... Show more...

Ortega releases political prisoners, is upset about earlier votes

At least 325 people died as the unrest dragged on, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Some 770 people were arrested and are considered by the opposition to be political prisoners.

A Foreign Ministry statement also said the government was willing to work to strengthen electoral institutions, deliver justice and grant reparations, and negotiate the suspension of international sanctions. But it stopped short of calling new elections, a critical demand of the Civic Alliance opposition movement.

Ortega's government has recently found itself facing an economic crisis and a $315 million (€280 million) deficit. Last November, the president and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, as well as other top Nicaraguan officials, were slapped with US sanctions for rights abuses.
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The untouchable Ivanka Trump

Ivanka and her brother play to opposite ends of the political spectrum in America, and they’re being treated differently in return. Most notably, as multiple federal and congressional investigations target her father, her brothers, and her husband, Ivanka has remained seemingly unscathed.

It’s not that “Democrats are too scared to take on Ivanka,” added another congressional aide—it’s a sense that “Republicans will go to war to protect her.”

Donald Jr.’s approach to social-media could be described as more like “shitposting.” On Twitter (3.4 million followers) and Instagram (1.6 million followers) he spreads racist memes, retweet white supremacists, snipe at his father’s enemies, and shows off his hunting skills and MAGA fashion choices.
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Maduro thanks military for staying loyal to him

Mr Maduro has retained the support of the military and close allies including Russia and China since Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president on 23 January.

Some protesters pushed against police in riot gear shouting "murderers" and officers responded by firing pepper spray at them.

President Maduro had used his demonstration to thank the military for their role in holding off what he described as an attempted coup as he continued to insist the blackout is part of a US plan for his downfall. Elsewhere, supporters of Mr Guaidó cited the power cut as just one of the reasons they want him gone, and soon.
#Venezuela #News #Politics #LatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #Maduro #NicolasMaduro #Guaidó #JuanGuaidó #Corruption #Crooked #FoodShortage #Starvation #MilitaryCoup #Military #MilitaryForces

A link between Robert Kraft, Donald Trump, and a Chinese prostitution ring

Yang, a donor to the Republican Party and Drumpf campaign, popped up this week in photos showing her at a Super Bowl viewing party at the Drumpf-owned Mar-a-Lago that included a selfie with the president, the Miami Herald reported.

It details Yang's vast network within the Drumpf administration and Republican Party — including photos with the president, his family, members of Congress and key White House aides — and offers businesses and individuals a window into that network.

Yang is described on the page as a “member of the presidential fundraising committee” and was listed as “one of the only guests in South Florida who was invited to the White House to celebrate” the Chinese New Year in 2018.
Via @Meep

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Elizabeth Warren (D - MA) attacks the big tech companies

Warren, who released her proposal before a rally in New York’s neighborhood where Amazon abruptly canceled its so-called HQ2, called for appointing new regulators and passing legislation to “unwind tech mergers that illegally undermine competition” and prohibit companies from selling their own goods in marketplaces they operate, a clear reference to Amazon’s dominant business.

Internally, however, tech giants have long been gearing up for increasing hostilities in D.C. Facebook has been hiring an army of lobbyists and policy experts in the capital, Amazon is pouring millions into lobbying, and Google set records last year for lobbying spending that reached over $21 million.

“When they spy on their consumers, when they take data without disclosing it, when they use it for things consumers have not approved. Every day brings a creepy new revelation. Of course, the public will want action to defend their rights, it’s only natural. Unless their beha... Show more...

On the protests against long-running president Bouteflika

A rally on Friday in the capital, Algiers, was slowed to a near-crawl by the huge numbers taking part, with participation swelled by women marking International Women's Day. Train and metro services were suspended without explanation.

"People are now finally expressing themselves against the government, which has been reducing their rights for decades," Bala told Al Jazeera.

Nekkaz was denied the right to stand in the upcoming elections because he has previously held French nationality, even though he has renounced it and gathered the 60,000 voter signatures needed to run in the ballot.
#Algeria #News #Politics #Corruption #Crooked #Bouteflika #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Nekkaz

Thousands of people protest for Bouteflika's resignation

In a letter published by Algeria's official APS news agency on Thursday, the 82-year-old leader urged "vigilance" against "domestic and foreign" forces that might infiltrate the demonstrations.

The latest trend in toppling autocracies: Allege foreign forces to intervene in their internal affairs to fuel up demonstrations against them. No sense of reflection to examine their work, looking for any reason to detect any flaws. That's how the whole thing started.

The privately owned Arabic-language news website, El Khabar, quoted the public transport body for Algiers as saying that all bus, tram, train and metro services had been suspended ahead of the rally.

Banners at Friday's protest carried slogans saying: "Algeria is a republic, not a kingdom", and "No elections till the gangs are brought down", Reuters reports.
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On the (actual) crisis at the border

More than 76,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the southern border last month, the highest February in more than 10 years and the highest month of the Drumpf administration. The number of apprehensions tops any month during the 2014 border surge under President Barack Obama, which no one had a problem calling a crisis at the time.

There is no mechanism to return these migrants home, to hold them after they cross the border, or to remove them once they are in the interior. And word has gotten out. There’s a reason that the subset of migrants that we can’t stop from getting into the country is rapidly growing.

We should question why there is no such mechanism to return them. Because then, we would get to the actual crisis: The irresponsibility of the US ( country founded by immigrants) when it comes to safely returning those people. In the past, they used to simply tell them that they wouldn't get in, and to return from where they've come from. This indeed is irresponsible, regarding the s... Show more...

Cohen files Trump Organization for failing to pay him $2mn for legal defense

The lawsuit filed Thursday in New York state court claims the Drumpf Organization stopped paying Cohen’s mounting legal fees after he began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Because he didn't want to pay someone who was cooperating with legal prosecutors who worked against him. Sure thing, I guess.

The lawsuit says the company stopped paying for his legal defense about two months after the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office.
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PM Justin Trudeau sees political afterlife endangered due to scandal

News of the scandal went mainstream on February 7, 2019, when the Canadian outlet the Globe and Mail published a report of Trudeau’s office trying to pressure Wilson-Raybould to meddle in the SNC-Lavalin case. But the controversy exploded last week when Wilson-Raybould testified before the judiciary committee in Canada’s House of Commons.

Wilson-Raybould — a former prosecutor and indigenous woman who was once a symbol of Trudaeu’s diverse and gender-balanced cabinet — was moved out of her role as attorney general and justice minister in January, and effectively demoted to a different position in the cabinet as minister of veterans affairs. She resigned from the cabinet altogether on February 12, 2019, soon after the scandal broke.

Or at least that’s how the Conservative opposition, specifically leader Andrew Scheer, spun it. He argued that Trudeau demoted Wilson-Raybould because she didn’t give in to his demands on SNC-Lavalin,... Show more...

CNN insists that Trump is fightin' to survive

If there is any President who could bear such strain, who would perhaps relish the struggle, prosper amid its cacophony and be willing to cross all sorts of conventional lines to stay alive, it would surely be Drumpf.

"It's a disgrace. It's a disgrace to our country," he said, accusing Democrats of being consumed by anger at their loss in 2016, and framing the coming fight as an extension of his 2020 re-election campaign.

The duel will serve to unite the Republican Party in Washington behind the President -- amid some signs of cracks opening in the GOP edifice in the Senate, at least, over his national emergency declaration.
#CNN #Trump #HIC #HOC #HouseJudiciaryCommittee #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #Cummings #ElijahCummings #Cohen #MichaelCohen #Corruption #Crooked

Short news: Things to know on Wednesday, 03/06/2019

Cohen is testifying now ahead of his imprisonment May 6. Drumpf criticized Cohen's testimony last week as “shameful” and accused Cohen of lying “a lot." Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expects to release a transcript of Cohen's closed-door testimony once the Justice Department has an opportunity to review it.

The hearings will explore the implementation of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy that led to at least 2,800 separations of migrant families, conditions in Border Patrol facilities that led to three deaths in three months, the decisions to terminate temporary deportation protections for more than 1 million people, and other actions.

Many Christians are also seen with ashes smudged on their foreheads in the shape of a cross, a symbol that a person belongs to Jesus Christ. The Lenten period ends on Easter, when Christians believe Jesus died and was resurrected.
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Treasury Board president Jane Philpott resigns over accusations against PM Trudeau

Philpott’s resignation comes just less than a month after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office had improperly pressured her to stop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

_She says “the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me.”__

Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Ken Hardie has shown his support for Philpott, following her resignation from cabinet. Commenting on her Facebook post, Hardie calls her resignation a “regrettable” situation.

Trudeau's scandal sparks resignations
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EPP intent to set the election on Article 13 earlier to undermine protests against it

(I'm also sorry for this rather doubtworthy/unserious source, but this is the only one I could find on the run. Don't worry, it won't happen too often in the future)

Article 13 has turned the Copyright Directive into the most unpopular measure in European history (the petition opposing it is only hours away from becoming the most popular petition in the history of the human race). The corporations and politicians who support it have a hard battle to pass it, and they've pulled out all the stops, stooping to raw disinformation campaigns and ad hominem smears to advance their cause.
#Eu #Europe #Europa #Politics #News #NieMehrCDU #NieMehrCSU #News #Corruption #Crooked #Internet #Article13 #Article11 #CopyrightLaw #DestroyTheInternet #DestroyTheOpposition
UPDATED! How do you pass the most unpopular measure in European history? With the most undemocratic dirty trick in EU history: stop the #Article13 vote from being moved ahead of day of protest!

House Judiciary Committee going to investigate probable obstruction on Trump's behalf

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC's "This Week" the panel wanted to get documents from the Department of Justice, the president's son Donald Drumpf Jr. and Drumpf Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, among others.

As evidence of obstruction, Nadler cited Drumpf's May 2017 firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russia activities in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Drumpf's campaign.

"All of these have to be investigated and laid out to the American people," said Nadler, whose committee would take the lead in any effort to impeach the president. "This investigation goes far beyond collusion."
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Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu now like his counterpart Trump

Legally, this story is now on ice. Netanyahu's lawyers need time to review reams of documents, evidence, and testimony. Both sides will prepare for Netanyahu's hearing. Only after that will the Attorney General make a final decision on filing charges. The next major legal headline may be months away.

He tells voters they have a choice -- a strong right-wing government under his leadership or a weak left-wing government supported by the Arab parties -- a charge not without racial undertones.

Netanyahu has avoided any firm commitments on the peace plan, and the plan's delay until after the election has allowed him to get away with that.
#Israel #Netanyahu #Gantz #BennyGantz #BenjaminNetanyahu #News #Politics #Corruption #Crooked #Likud #Knesset #middleEast

US plan to send Central American immigrants back to Mexico

On Friday, a U.S. official said several government agencies met this week to discuss implementing the policy in more border cities. Rights groups are simultaneously suing the U.S. government to try to close down the program, which plaintiffs says breaks the law and endangers refugees.

“I have nowhere to go and no money for me or for my children. I’m afraid of being in Mexico, the crime here is like back home,” Chavez said at the Madre Asunta shelter, where she is waiting with three of her children for an immigration hearing in San Diego on March 27.

“More people than expected are arriving, we weren’t expecting the returnees. They are going to saturate the shelters,” said Salome Lima of the Madre Asunta shelter.
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Dutch oil concern Shell faces criminal charges in Nigerian oil deal

Shell and Italian oil firm Eni were accused of bribery in 2017 over a $1.3 billion payment that secured an exploration licence for an oil block, known as OPL 245, in 2011. It was alleged that although the funds were paid to the Nigerian government, the money actually went to Malabu Oil and Gas — a company linked to former oil minister Dan Etete.

The DPP also confirmed to CNBC on Friday that it had summoned Shell in proceedings relating to an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014, as well as charges relating to the company exceeding ethylene oxide emissions limits between 2015 and 2016.
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Three articles on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's state of the art

1. Globalnews.ca:

The decision to shuffle from within cabinet rather than bringing in new faces also means the Liberals are keeping those with clear track records on several files that seem set to come up during the fall election, rather than adding variables into the mix roughly six months ahead of it.

Following the CETA agreement with the European Union, the government announced $350 million to help Canadian dairy farmers become more competitive and to compensate them for lost market share.

“I think the prime minister said it best that he’s going to take the time to reflect on that and I trust that judgement.”

2. Stuff.co.nz:

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Thousands protest corrupt president in Algeria

Other marches in cities around the country including Oran, Constantine, Sétif, Tizi Ouzou and Bouïra drew thousands more angry at the ailing president’s attempt to prolong his 20 years in power, local media reported.

“The people want the fall of the regime,” some of those looking to converge at the Place de la Grande Poste in the city centre shouted, in an echo of the Arab spring protests that swept parts of north Africa eight years ago, as police helicopters circled overhead.

Authorities insist the president, who came to power in 1999, still has a firm grip on public affairs. “Bouteflika was sick when he sought a fourth term in 2014, but his medical results for the past five years were good,” the prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, told parliament on Thursday.
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Not to forget: There'll be elections in Argentina, in October

Two articles on the topic

1. Reuters:

The election run, if confirmed, would make Fernández the first and most high-profile challenger to Macri, who is expected to run for a second term but whose leadership has faced heavy criticism after rampant inflation last year and a falling economy hit voters hard.

Fernandez - who led the country from 2007 through 2015 and is now a senator - is Macri’s arch political rival and is among his main critics from within the country’s Peronist movement.

Fernandez was indicted last year on charges that her administration accepted bribes from construction companies in exchange for public works contracts.


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Israel's PM going to be charged for corruption

Before any indictment is filed, Netanyahu is entitled to a hearing to present his side of the story and try to change Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s mind, a process that could take months. The prime minister, who cut short a trip to Moscow in anticipation of Mandelblit’s decision, plans to make a televised statement at 8 p.m. local time.

Netanyahu has said he won’t step down unless convicted, and legally he can stay in office until the appeals process is exhausted. But if the nation’s top prosecutor believes the case is strong enough to file charges, that may erode the prime minister’s political support to the point where he’s either voted out in April 9 elections or concludes he has no choice but to resign.

Supporters admire his articulate and tenacious defense of Israel’s security, and diplomatic achievements that eluded predecessors, including the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem last year.
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Donald Trump Jr. could run for president in 2024

Mr Drumpf made no additional comment indicating his opinion, but it follows increasing speculation that he is planning to follow in his father's footsteps by entering US politics.

Mr Drumpf has also been a strong supporter of his father’s policies on social media, while repeatedly attacking Democrats, journalists and the Mueller investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #DonaldTrumpJr #GeneralElection #Election2024 #Elections2024 #Republicans #GOP #RedWave #PresidentTrump #MAGA #Corruption #Crooked #Nepotism #News #Politics

Via @murdeRED dreams GrandWizardOfZOG
Living Sacrifices

1/8/06 From YahuShua HaMashiach, Our Lord and Savior
The #Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

Thus says The Lord: My #children, do you #love Me? Then do as I #command you. Grow #wise in Me, and #live according to My Word, even according to all these #Letters I have given you, by which I have set all these #crooked #... Show more...

Sen. Mark Harris (R - N.C.) called for reelections in 9th Congressional district

Among the week’s lowlights for Harris: witnesses detailing how one of his campaign operatives, L. McCrae Dowless Jr., paid them to illegally collect, alter, and submit absentee ballots; his adult son testifying that he had warned his father repeatedly that he had evidence suggesting Dowless had broken campaign laws in the past and was planning to do so again; the revelation that Harris’ campaign attorney withheld documents subpoenaed by state officials; and the suggestion that Harris may have violated campaign finance rules by cutting checks to Dowless’ independent PAC.

Dowless, whose criminal record includes felony perjury and fraud, refused to testify before the state elections board. Police are considering whether to pursue charges against him. The state board will meet again to decide when to schedule the new election.
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On Trump's presidency after two years

Or would Drumpf, a rambunctious, ego-driven outsider who never follows the rules, change the office itself by establishing precedents that his successors would eventually use to justify their own flexing of presidential power?

Drumpf's verbal torching of the institutions of his own government like the Justice Department and the FBI appears to be becoming more intense as Robert Mueller's special counsel probe grinds on.

"I use many stats. I use many stats," Drumpf told a reporter who challenged him with official government data on drug trafficking last week. "Let me tell you, you have stats that are far worse than the ones that I use."

Admitting that his own were corrupt as well, although he presumes that the government's, thus his, data were wrong. His own administration spreaded lies, then, even those he doesn't want to influence or control anyhow.
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Pro-immigrant mayor to Riace (IT) faces charges for illegal aid

The suspended mayor is now awaiting trial for "aiding illegal immigration".

Many residents say they miss the optimistic revival that the immigrants had brought to the area.
#Italy #MediterreneanSea #RefugeesWelcome #NoNaitonalism #NoPatriotism #Grief #Terror #Poverty #Corruption #Crooked #LegaNord #Salvini #MatteoSalvini #Riace #News #Politics

On Haiti's street protests

Whether ordinary Haitians will heed this call remains to be seen. A detailed schedule of protests for this coming week has been widely circulating over the weekend, largely over the WhatsApp text messaging service, and the anger on the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, was palpable.

"The dollar is skyrocketing. There is trash everywhere. Everything is malfunctioning. My feeling is that it is the beginning of the end of the world in Haiti."

Whether that decree and the Sunday afternoon press release asking everyone to get back to normal will be enough to quell the protests and appease the Haitians who have taken to the streets will be put to the test in the week ahead.
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On Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela and the El Mozote massacre

More than 900 peasants were murdered in and around several villages in the eastern province of Morazán. Most were old men, women, and children. At the Roman Catholic church in El Mozote, soldiers separated men from their families, took them away, and shot them. They herded mothers and children into the convent. Putting their American-supplied M-16 rifles on automatic, the soldiers opened fire. Then they burned the convent. Some 140 children were killed, including toddlers. Average age: 6.

In El Salvador, the Reagan administration, with Abrams as point man, routinely defended the Salvadoran government in the face of evidence that its regular army, and allied right-wing death squads, were operating with impunity, killing peasants, students, union leaders, and anyone considered anti-government or pro-guerrilla. Abrams went so far as to defend one of the death squads’ most notorious leaders, Roberto D’Aubuisson, who was responsible for the murder of Archbishop Ós... Show more...

Facebook voids accounts during Moldovan election due to danger of fake news

Facebook said it dismantled scores of pages and accounts designed to look like independent opinion pages and to impersonate a local fact-checking organisation ahead of Moldova’s elections later this month.

The government said it welcomed any initiative to combat “fake news”, saying it did not check the private accounts of its more than 200,000 state employees.

Facebook stepped up efforts to combat disinformation, including accounts in Russia, Iran and Indonesia, over the last year after coming under public scrutiny for not doing enough to stem the spread extremism and propaganda online.
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Nigerian general election postponed to 23rd February

The presidential and national assembly elections will now be held a week later on Saturday Feb. 23. State governorship and legislative elections, originally slated for Mar. 2 have also been postponed to Mar. 9.

Indeed, despite several assurances of its readiness for the vote, INEC has faced difficulties over the past week as two of its offices have been gutted by fire in suspicious incidents.
#Nigeria #Africa #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Crooked #Corruption #INEC #News #Politics

Donnie assails man who revealed the DOJ contemplated his impeachment

And, seemingly in response, the president tweeted: "Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a 'poor little Angel' when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax - a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of 'insurance policy' in case I won.

Does Donnie actually have a hard time pretending to not actually speak with a backwater redneck accent? I could really imagine him with an accent that sounded like half of his jaw is deranged significantly, so that he is mumbling all the time.

“I wrote this book because the president’s attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole,” Mr McCabe said in a statement issued through his publisher, St. Martin’s. “He is undermining America’s safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government, and on the professi... Show more...

On China's run for economic domination in East Africa

[...] the East African country boasts 3.5 billion barrels’ worth of crude oil in proven reserves, and petroleum geologists will likely find more in the two-thirds of South Sudan that they have yet to explore. Despite the challenges of working in a war zone, China dominates what analysts have assessed as the third largest oil reserves in Africa.

China first decided to enter the petroleum industry in Sudan in 1995, 16 years before South Sudan gained independence and right in the middle of the Second Sudanese Civil War. The United States’ economic sanctions on Sudan, which faced accusations of committing war crimes at home and supporting terrorism abroad, did little to deter Chinese companies eager to take advantage of Sudanese oil reserves.

As early as 2011 — the year of South Sudanese independence — the China National Petroleum Corporation, or CNPC, established an office in the South Sudanese capital of Juba. While the outbreak of the South Sudanese Civil War i... Show more...

Former WH staffer Cliff Sims sues Trump

But Drumpf’s campaign organization filed an arbitration claim against him last week, accusing Sims of violating the nondisclosure agreement he signed during the 2016 presidential race, according to The New York Times, which first reported on Sims’ litigation.

At issue is whether using Drumpf’s campaign organization (a nongovernment organization) in place of Drumpf (a government official) to punish Sims is a tactical ploy designed to skirt Sims’ First Amendment rights.

“A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction,” Drumpf tweeted in January. “He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He signed a non-disclosure agreement. He is a mess!"

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Former Malaysian prime minister's trial postponed

These days, Najib, rocking a hoodie and kicks, is hanging out with young bikers, riding pillion on the back of a moped.

Every moment is shared on his social media accounts and captioned with the slogan: Apa malu bossku? (What's there to be ashamed about, boss?). There's even a range of t-shirts.

One may call it "reinventing oneself", others call it "midlife crisis".

"It's actually classic populism," Meredith Weiss, an expert on politics in Southeast Asia at the University of Albany in New York who travels regularly to Malaysia, said of Najib's public persona in the lead-up to the trial.

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Thousands of Serbs protesting president Vucic for 10 continous weeks

The protests, which have spread outside of Belgrade, accuse Vucic of stifling free media and democracy in the Balkan country. He denies the accusations and media under his control have called the protesters Western stooges.

The demonstrators on Saturday jeered in front of the state TV and Politika newspaper headquarters, which are firmly under Vucic's control.

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